Cross-Country Ski Boots FAQ – How to Clean Your XCS Boots

Cross-country ski boots are different from either downhill ski or hiking boots in many aspects, including design, functionality, and handling. Let’s answer some common questions to give you a better idea about this footwear.

Cross-Country Ski Boots – FAQ

1. How to Put On Cross-Country Ski Boots?

Step in your ski boots and lace them up. Make sure the fit is super comfortable and not overly tight or loose. Do not restrict your ankle and toe movement at any cost. Also, there should be no gap between your skin and boots as this will lead to chafing.

2. How to Attach Cross-Country Ski Boots?

To clip the boots in the skis bindings, check if the bindings are manual or automatic. For manual bindings, you’ll need to unlock the lever placed on the bindings. Insert the bar at the base of your boots into the bindings’ notch and lock the lever again. Automatic bindings only require you to insert the bar in the notch, and a click sound confirms that the boots are held firmly.


3. Can You Walk in Cross-Country Ski Boots?

Yes, you can walk in cross-country ski boots. Although, do keep in mind that walking in your xc ski boots for extended periods may damage the sole, especially on hard surfaces. Meanwhile, there are a couple of new cross-country ski boot lines available today, such as the Fischer’s Urban that are made for both Nordic skiing and the urban environment.

Fischer’s Urban boots feature walk mode, specially designed for skiers who need to walk some distance before, after, or during the skiing tour. When attached to the skis, these boots provide the same comfort and stability as any other Fischer cross-country ski boots.

In general, our advice is that if you are supposed to walk to the station or climb a slope, invest in a less expensive recreational cross-country ski boots.

4. How Do You Stretch Nordic Ski Boots?

  1. You need to put on the boots and find the problem area.
  2. Take a small, flat piece of foam, and using tape, stick it to the part of your feet where the boots hurt.
  3. Blow hot air from a hairdryer into the boots for about 12 minutes.
  4. Then wear the boots and stand upright for fifteen minutes. Do not walk around in the meanwhile – the boots need to take the shape of your legs.
  5. Now remove the foam and tape, wear the boots again, and you are good to go!

5. How to Clean Cross-Country Ski Boots?

  1. First, unbuckle the boots and take the liners out.
  2. Take some water and add a mild detergent to it.
  3. Wash the liners with your hands.
  4. Rinse them, and lay them straight under the sun.
  5. If the liners are mold-affected, you can scrub them using a mixture of vinegar or bleach and water.


6. How to Repair Cross-Country Ski Boots?

If the sole of ski boots has come out of its position, you can fix it using heavy-duty glue. If the zipper or strap has been damaged, going to a cobbler to change these accessories is recommended. Stitching is the best solution for mending the worn-out fabric.

7. Can You Use Cross-Country Ski Boots for Snowshoeing?

Yes, cross-country ski boots can be used for snowshoeing, provided the boots can fit in the snowshoes. Ski boots equipped with a walk-mode or having adequate flex can work with snowshoes. Despite all these hacks, you might experience a little discomfort in snowshoeing with ski boots on.